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Crime, Thriller & Mystery

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Jun 1, 2012, 6:57am Top

Starting us off for June. Just finished Careless in red by Elizabeth George and chasing it with Maggody in Manhattan, one of my favorite series, by Joan Hess

Jun 1, 2012, 8:43am Top

Started Choke Hold by Christa Faust, sequel to the wonderful Money Shot.

Jun 1, 2012, 10:40am Top

**MUST** review All I Did Was Shoot My Man!!

Jun 1, 2012, 2:46pm Top

Started One Rough Man by Brad Taylor. Will review The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins for early reviewers this weekend.

Jun 1, 2012, 3:02pm Top

am about to start on Heartstone the newest book from CJ Sansom featuring Matthew Shardlake. It should make cleaning up the kitchen more bearable. : )

Jun 2, 2012, 1:40pm Top

Just finished The Drop by Michael Connelly and I'm on City of Bones now. Love Harry Bosch.

Jun 2, 2012, 3:13pm Top

I'm reading The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson and looking forward to the premiere of the TV series tomorrow night.

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Reading The man who went up in smoke by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, book 2 in the crime series featuring Martin Beck. There are 10 books in the series.

Jun 3, 2012, 7:09am Top

I just finished Hardly Knew Her by Laura Lippman. I really enjoyed the reading and I can strongly recommend this book. Next book is The Darker Side by Cody McFadyen.

Jun 3, 2012, 12:32pm Top

Just finished The 500 by Matthew Quirk a first novel that's somewhat similar to Thomas Perry's Jane Whitfield series. Quirk will be a well known thriller writer if he keeps up this good stuff. Starting another Virgil F. Flowers book, Heat Lightning.

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I just finished Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon. As of now, there is only one more Guido Brunetti book left to read and then I will have to find a new protaganist and author to love. Most likely, I will start with a bunch of Deborah Crombie books I have in my TBR pile.

Jun 3, 2012, 2:40pm Top

I just finished Little Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway. Very enjoyable read.

Jun 3, 2012, 3:11pm Top

Going to start The September Society by Charles Finch. Never read this author but found the book on my shelf. Hope it's good.

Jun 3, 2012, 3:29pm Top

Starting Jack in the Pulpit by Cynthia Riggs

Jun 3, 2012, 10:46pm Top

Finished Maggody in Manhattan, the usual hoot. Next up: The haunted monastery murders by Robert van Gulik.

Jun 4, 2012, 11:50am Top

Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny by Garrison Keillor - so far it's an enjoyable noir spoof.

Jun 4, 2012, 9:57pm Top

I've finished The Overlook by Michael Connelly, a carry-over from May; it was pretty good but not up to Connelly's best, as it seemed kind of underdeveloped and rushed. I've now started The Ark by Boyd Morrison.

Jun 4, 2012, 10:11pm Top

Finished The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a mystery classic if there ever was one. You can find my review here.

Jun 4, 2012, 10:15pm Top

I just finished The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson. Now I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series!

Jun 5, 2012, 4:29pm Top

Hi - Been busy moving (including 1500 books) and back now. Just wanted to do a little catchup by mentioning I read Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie. It's been awhile since it's been mentioned here, and it was new to me altho published 1996. It's a good mystery story enhanced by interesting Native American politics in Seattle. VERY interesting read and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in mysteries, Native Americans or Seattle. One of my all time favorite mysteries.

I also had fun with Murder in the Collective by Barbara Wilson - also takes place in Seattle. The characters are members of a collective printshop - fun to see how they live and relate. Recommended.

Oops - internet guy here - Yay - gotta run!

Jun 5, 2012, 8:27pm Top

Getting ready for a major Arthur W. Upfield Binge when I hit vacation. Reading Winds of Evil as a warm up. I decided to finally bite the bullet and acquire a chunk of the earlier books I was missing in the Bony series after months of trawling bookstores, as I'd wanted to read on in order from now on.

Jun 6, 2012, 1:18am Top

Garry Disher's Whispering Death is a very neat story featuring a clever female burglar. Interesting characters and a nice sense of place (The Mornington Peninsular, Australia.)

Jun 6, 2012, 5:50am Top

Before i Go To Sleep bySJ Watson Good story,can see why it is getting good reviews on Amazon etc.

Jun 6, 2012, 6:13am Top

Back at the 87th Precinct with Give the Boys a Great Big Hand.

Jun 6, 2012, 7:44am Top

Just began The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths.

Jun 6, 2012, 10:33am Top

>25 rabbitprincess: Love the 87th precinct books.

Jun 6, 2012, 5:31pm Top

27: I'm starting a project to read or re-read all of them. I read a fair few in the series in high school (I'm pretty sure I read every one that the library near my house, the one near my school and the main library had) but don't really remember a lot about them. My favourite is probably Let's Hear it for the Deaf Man, which is also one of my favourite book titles.

Jun 6, 2012, 5:50pm Top

Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny was a good spoof and silly fun, but probably will appeal most to those who enjoy the Guy Noir stories on Prairie Home Companion.

Jun 6, 2012, 11:04pm Top

Finished and enjoyed Chinese maze murders by Robert van Gulik. Next up is Paul Auster's City of glass

Jun 6, 2012, 11:18pm Top

I am reading the Lt. Sigrid Harald, NYPD series that Margaret Maron wrote in the 1990's, before Judge Deborah Knott. She has made them available on Kindle and I think some are being reissued in paperback. Harald and Knott are almost polar opposites. The writing improves with each book. I recommend them.

Jun 7, 2012, 4:55pm Top

I think I'm ready to take on The Teaberry Strangler after a long absence from Tea Shop Mysteries.

Jun 8, 2012, 12:06am Top

I don't think I've read anything by Lisa Gardner before, but I really enjoyed Catch Me. A good, suspenseful story.

Jun 8, 2012, 10:09am Top

Reading The Chocolate Puppy Puzzle by JoAnna Carl

Jun 8, 2012, 12:20pm Top

I'm trying my first in Death mystery by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts). Didn't realize they were set in the future.

Jun 8, 2012, 6:52pm Top

I've reviewed the second book in the Hamptons-set noiresque Sam Acquillo mysteries, Two Time, over in my thread...post #72.

Jun 9, 2012, 1:52pm Top

Beastly Things by Donna Leon. I think this was one of her best.

Jun 9, 2012, 9:25pm Top

Change of plans: picked up Mark of the Lion by Suzanne Arruda to flip through it and kept flipping ... and flipping ... and ...uh, what was I reading previously?

Jun 10, 2012, 1:13am Top

I'm now reading Worth Dying For by Lee Child, featuring the seemingly indestructible Jack Reacher, righting still more wrongs.

Jun 10, 2012, 5:42am Top

Jun 10, 2012, 10:30am Top

White Sky, Black Ice by Stan Jones; it's the first in the Nathan Active series, set in the state of Alaska.

Jun 10, 2012, 10:33am Top

Halfway through The Magdalen Martyrs by Ken Bruen. It's third in his Jack Taylor series, which I love.

Jun 10, 2012, 11:47am Top

Jun 10, 2012, 12:38pm Top

Jun 10, 2012, 12:43pm Top

Dumb Witness, by Agatha Christie.

Jun 10, 2012, 5:27pm Top

The Yellow Claw by Sax Rohmer and it doesn't take long for the Yellow Claw to strike!

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I just finished Bleed For Me by Michael Robotham. It's a disturbing story that draws attention to the vulnerability of underage girls and the adult predators. The writing style is quite stunning. I recommend it.

Jun 10, 2012, 8:48pm Top

I recently finished Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg. It's a classic hardboiled mystery/horror tale originally published in 1978 but now being re-released. You can check out my review of the novel here (it was quite good).

And if the book looks like something that will trip your trigger, please consider signing up for the giveaway. There's a free ebook copy up for grabs, and all you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter widget at the bottom of the post.

Jun 10, 2012, 9:54pm Top

I liked your review, Mr. Mammoth, almost convinced me to reread the book.

Jun 11, 2012, 8:06am Top

Thank you, Mr. Derus!

Jun 11, 2012, 12:10pm Top

Started A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton, good stuff so far!

Jun 11, 2012, 5:54pm Top

Death of a Cad by M.C. Beaton

Jun 11, 2012, 6:25pm Top

Just finishing The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith. This is a real thriller with a new twist. The main character, Geiger, is very intriguing.

Jun 12, 2012, 11:09am Top

Jun 12, 2012, 5:58pm Top

I'm now reading Flood by Andrew Vachss; I have a feeling I'll be sticking with this series for a while.

Jun 12, 2012, 8:03pm Top

Just started the September Society also. Read his first book, " A
Beautiful Blue Death" and it was wonderful.

For a recommendation: Read the Sir John Fielding series by
Bruce Alexander. (11 books) One of the best I've ever read.

Jun 12, 2012, 8:07pm Top

I just started Delia's crossing by v.c Andrews and waiting for daughter to get done with 50 shades of grey so I can start that.

Jun 13, 2012, 6:08pm Top

I just finished When the Devil Holds the Candle by Karin Fossum. Really like this author.

Jun 13, 2012, 6:42pm Top

Finished The Crossing Places which I really enjoyed and now am starting The Sword-Edged Blonde.

Jun 13, 2012, 9:22pm Top

Started The King of Lies by John Hart but by 50 pages in or so I found the behavior of every character so unlikely I couldn't stick with it.

Jun 15, 2012, 11:37pm Top

# 47 rabbitprincess, Hope you enjoyed Dumb Witness!

Jun 16, 2012, 8:28am Top

Enjoyed Maggody militia and am now trying to get myself to finish City of Glass by Paul Auster. It started really well--I'm not sure why I've been so reluctant to get into it.

Jun 16, 2012, 10:38am Top

@63 Porua, enjoying it so far! I especially like Hastings's "translations" of what the dog was saying :)

Jun 16, 2012, 10:44am Top

I'm into A Study in Scarlett because I realized other than Baskerville, I've never read any of the Holmes novels. I got this and two others from Project Gutenburg and am reading them on my new nook. I think Watson would approve. : )

Jun 16, 2012, 1:35pm Top

Just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Another excellent novel by this author.

Jun 16, 2012, 1:47pm Top

Does Deborah Harkness's Lumottu ("A Discovery of Witches") qualify for this group or is it too much on the fantasy side? :) Anyway, the book is well under way and seems like a decent work of entertainment.

Just read Giulio Leoni's Mosaiikkimurha ("I delitti del mosaico" / "The Third Heaven Conspiracy") which has Dante Alighieri solving crimes in the 14th century. I didn't really enjoy the book; didn't like mr Alighieri's "personality" nor the storytelling.

Jun 16, 2012, 11:34pm Top

#65 rabbitprincess, "I especially like Hastings's "translations" of what the dog was saying :)"

I liked that too and I am not even a dog person! :-)

Jun 17, 2012, 12:42pm Top

Started The Watch: a novel by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya. Very interesting so far.

Jun 17, 2012, 6:02pm Top

I've FINALLY gotten around to The Coroner's Lunch, and of course I'm loving it! The good thing about being slow to the party is having so many Dr. Siri books already waiting for me.

Edited: Jun 18, 2012, 1:17am Top

Oooh, noveltea! I envy your just starting out! Each book was good, but taken in its entirety, the series was nothing short of amazing!

One good thing about being a senior and having senior moments (or, in my case, senior hours, sometimes days) is that in a year or two I'll be able to read it all over again like it was the first time. :P

ETA that I'm now in the middle of The Dogs of Riga and am surprised to be really enjoying it. The first couple of Wallenders I read weren't all that enjoyable.

Jun 18, 2012, 6:05am Top

71, I also recently read The Coroner's Lunch after seeing so many LT's enjoyed it. Will be ordering the next from the library of course!

Jun 18, 2012, 11:05am Top

Jun 18, 2012, 11:17am Top

Ready to start Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin. New author to me.

Jun 18, 2012, 11:26am Top

> 66 Bookmarque - For what it's worth, I approve too ;)

Though, The Valley of Fear was probably my least favorite Holmes novel. To me it was just kind of... meh.

Jun 18, 2012, 12:39pm Top

I can strongly recommend Ian Rankin's book. I've read a lot of him and each book was a high light for me. So I wish you a thrilling reading. Enjoy it :-)

Jun 18, 2012, 3:02pm Top

Two losers in a row for me. Bad choices - I should have known better but was looking for something light:

Murder of a Boookstore Babe: a Scumble River Mystery by Denise Swanson

and Riptide by Catherine Coulter

No more Coulter for me. No character development at all, silly improbable action.

Come on Coban write faster!

Jun 18, 2012, 4:58pm Top

Jun 18, 2012, 7:22pm Top

I'm with you on Coulter, mkboylan. What you said, plus the absolutely worst dialogue I've read outside of a fifth-grader's attempt at fiction. On second thought, my daughter's grammar school attempts at writing fiction had better dialogue. Anyway, at first I thought she was aiming for a spontaneous feel to the dialogue, but it doesn't work and just sounds amateurish and disconnected. I'm done with her too.

Jun 18, 2012, 8:36pm Top

>75 AndieG: Resurrection Men is one of my favorites in the Rebus series; hope you enjoy it.

>78 mkboylan: & 80 I'm with both of you on Coulter; I tried one of her Savich/Sherlock books years ago and couldn't even finish it.

I'm just starting Manhattan Noir, edited by Lawrence Block.

Jun 18, 2012, 8:46pm Top

Well 80 and 81, I probably should have judged the book by its cover! Looks like a romance, but says FBI Thriller. Sheesh. It's pitiful. I don't understand how she can be a best seller.

Jun 19, 2012, 12:45am Top

Finished Open Season by C. J. Box, my first by him. I enjoyed it, but wasn't blown away. I liked it enough to try another.
I picked up "Fun & Games" by Duane Swierczynski at the library.(No touchstones working). I won't get to that book for a few days because I also picked up a couple of short term loans that I need to read first, but am curious if anyone out there has read anything by this guy. It sounds pretty wacky, so I thought I would give it a try. Also, I don't know if it is in the middle of a series. Any help anyone?

Edited: Jun 19, 2012, 4:08am Top

# 76 WillyMammoth, I agree with you. As it is I am not much of a fan of the Sherlock Holmes novels (I prefer the shorter stories) and The Valley of Fear is definitely the weakest of the lot.

Jun 19, 2012, 9:54am Top

Started Reflecting the Sky by S. J. Rozan, one of my favorite authors, and a book in one of my favorite series, the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith PI novels. This one is shaping up well so far--Lydia and Bill are sent to Hong Kong for a seemingly simple task. When they get there, a boy has been kidnapped, and it seems like two different parties are trying to claim ransom.

Jun 19, 2012, 9:14pm Top

Jun 19, 2012, 11:11pm Top

Am enjoying Academic murder, which is set at Cambridge, very much.

Jun 21, 2012, 10:59am Top

Until Thy Wrath Be Past by Asa Larsson.

Jun 21, 2012, 11:15am Top

I've said any number of times how little I like book with majgicqk in them. I must now eat some crow. I like a police procedural set in London called Midnight Riot, which is heavy on the magjicqk. It's a first-person account of the effects on his career of a young police officer's strange talent.

This is what I was looking for when I picked up the Harry Dresden books, which I wore out on partway through the first book due to Main Character Angst Aversion Syndrome.

Jun 21, 2012, 12:21pm Top

About to start Martyr by Rory Clements, as recommended to me by my mother.

Jun 22, 2012, 9:12am Top

Began Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger, which I'm enjoying so far.

Jun 22, 2012, 2:01pm Top

Next up: A Monstrous Regiment of Women. I bulldozed through the series the first time around because I liked them so much; now I'm taking my time to truly enjoy. Well, all except the latter ones...

Edited: Jun 22, 2012, 4:26pm Top

Just finished Kaleidoscope by Gail Bowen. Thought it was mediocre-I think I'm getting tired of this series.

Jun 22, 2012, 6:10pm Top

Just finished Shifting Skin by Chris Simms and am moving straight on to the next in the series, Savage Moon.

Jun 23, 2012, 1:09pm Top

I finished the Manhattan Noir anthology, which had some pretty good stories in it and gave me a few authors, like Jim Fusilli, who I'm planning to check out further.

I've now started Free Fall in Crimson by John D. MacDonald--back in Florida with Travis McGee and Meyer.

Jun 23, 2012, 1:21pm Top

I read A Lesson In Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear, an excellent addition to the series I have greatly enjoyed. Then I read The Teaberry Strangler by Laura Childs, whose series is in general a lighter-weight read. I am now reading a non-mystery book, but I think my next mystery will be The Bug Man series by Tim Downs, starting with ShooFly Pie and Chop Shop. That's a 2 books in 1 volume edition I got on sale.

Jun 23, 2012, 2:06pm Top

Just received and am two chapters into my Early Reviewer novel, The Last Policeman, a dystopian mystery/police procedural set in the months preceding the annihilation of the human race (and most other life on Earth), by Ben Winters.

Jun 23, 2012, 5:10pm Top

Finally started Deadlight by Grahma Hurley. It's the 4th in the series, which I really enjoy.

If you're looking for a can't-put-down thriller, try The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith. The Hold list at my library is starting to form so I'm glad I was early on the list. I got the audio version, which is quite good.

Jun 23, 2012, 5:29pm Top

I'm listening to A Beautiful Place To Die by Malla Nunn. It's the first in the series. The 4th in the series is coming out this fall. I love the way the characters put things in this book:

"A powerful mix of sadness and longing had sucked the last spark of energy from a brain with no backup generator." from A Beautiful Place To Die by Malla Nunn.

Jun 23, 2012, 8:13pm Top

Started Passenger to Frankfurt, by Agatha Christie, this afternoon. Rather different from her usual fare.

Jun 23, 2012, 8:19pm Top

#98, looks like we have similar tastes--I'm a huge Maisie Dobbs and Tea Shop fan--so I'm adding The Bug Man et. al to my wanna-read list. Thanks for the suggestion.

Jun 23, 2012, 10:40pm Top

It's been a while since I read the first two Millenium books, but I am finally kicking the hornet's nest.

Jun 24, 2012, 7:31pm Top

I am reading The Dead of Winter by Rennie Airth for my mystery book club. Its really good so far.

Jun 24, 2012, 9:07pm Top

I Pearl Ruled The Yard. Go see why in my thread...post #156. Still fuming.

Jun 24, 2012, 10:02pm Top

Jun 25, 2012, 1:49pm Top

Bad Faith by Robert K. Tanenbaum.

Jun 25, 2012, 3:37pm Top

Stared and finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn this weekend. Wow! What an entertaining book.

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Jun 25, 2012, 8:50pm Top

Just about to start River City, by John Farrow, which is not set in River City, Iowa, but rather Montreal, Quebec. (Of course, I still have "You Got Trouble" from "The Music Man" stuck in my head.)

Jun 25, 2012, 9:53pm Top

Had an enjoyable time with the feisty Kate Shugak over there in Alaska with Dana Stabenow's Restless in the Grave. Interesting glimpses of life in that icy US state.

Jun 25, 2012, 11:50pm Top

Oh my Thrin, I do love me some Kate Shugak! I wish Dana would write faster!

Jun 26, 2012, 2:39am Top

Couldn't put down Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Loved it.

Edited: Jun 26, 2012, 11:03pm Top

Today I read the 3rd in the Benjamin Devlin detective series: Bleed a River Deep by Brian McGilloway

Edited: Jun 27, 2012, 6:14pm Top

Just finished a debut novel by the Swedish writer Kristina Ohlssson, called Unwanted. I really liked it. Somehow not as bleak and hopeless in tone as some of the other Scandinavian mystery novels.

Jun 28, 2012, 12:13am Top

another Inspector Sejer mystery: The Indian Bride by Karin Fossum

Jun 28, 2012, 1:05am Top

just fini

Jun 29, 2012, 2:12pm Top

Last night I blazed through Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl and April Henry, which was enjoyable but not really first-rate. It was a fast-paced read and I'll probably give the next in the series a look.

Jun 29, 2012, 3:28pm Top

Kahdeksan kaunista (Hard eight) by Janet Evanovich. Eighth novel in the Stephanie Plum series. Very entertaining, and the translation is quite good :)

Jun 30, 2012, 12:22am Top

New thread for July is here,


Jun 30, 2012, 12:48pm Top

Still June here. Finished Don't Look Back by Karin Fossum. It was my first Inspector Sejur book. Very good!

Jun 30, 2012, 12:49pm Top

I've started Laguna Heat by T. Jefferson Parker; I usually enjoy Parker's books and this one seems promising so far.

Jun 30, 2012, 4:55pm Top

I love me some T. Jeff!

Jun 30, 2012, 5:06pm Top

Still June here, too. I just read The Pure in Heart by Susan Hill.

Jun 30, 2012, 9:31pm Top

Loved The Last Policeman by Ben Winters and have now started Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill, which I'm enjoying but just not quite as much (so far) as the Dr. Siri mysteries.

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